J. Nicole Brooks

J. Nicole Brooks is an actor, playwright, director, and demigod. Recent acting credits include the critically-acclaimed Immediate Family directed by Phylicia Rashad (Mark Taper Forum) and Death Tax (Lookingglass Theatre). As a scribe, her debut play Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten (published Methuen Drama 2013, Joseph Jefferson Award nominations) about female rebel fighters in Liberia was commissioned and produced by the Lookingglass Theatre to critical acclaim. She also penned a retelling of Jean Racine’s Phedre called Fedra: Queen of Haiti (published University of Wisconsin Madison 2016, Black Theatre Alliance Award), and Kamala: Masterclass. New works in development include The Untitled Yuri Kochiyama Project (with support from NEA), Brer Rabbit (with Abbie Phillips) and Her Honor Jane Byrne (commissioned by Lookingglass). Trophies include: TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, American Theatre Wing Tony Award with Lookingglass Theatre Ensemble, Black Theatre Alliance Award Best Actress, LA Ovation Award Best Featured Actress, and grant from National Endowment For the Arts. In 2011 she was invited by the ITI-Worldwide global theatre congress in Xiomen, China as a US delegate to write and act in an original production collaborating with artists from 13 other countries around the world. The NPG (New Project Group) was directed by Frank Düwel and under artistic advisement of Gunther Beelitz and Emilya Cachapero. Directing credits include Black Diamond: The Years The Locusts Have Eaten (Lookingglass), Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting (Joseph Jefferson nominations, African American Arts Alliance winner, produced by Lookinglass), Sex with Strangers (associate director to David Schwimmer, 2nd Stage New York), new work development with Lower Depth Theatre in association with Geffen Playhouse, and the world premiere of Thaddeus & Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure in 2016 at Lookingglass Theatre.